How to Change App Icon Size on Your Android Device

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Most Android smartphones these days come with fixed icon sizes. But what if you’d like to have larger icons or perhaps smaller ones, so as to fit more of them on the home screen? Fortunately, select smartphone models do allow users to do this natively – you just have to search through their settings.

For the rest of us, there’s the option to install third-party launchers, which provide a straightforward solution if you are looking to change the size of your icons. This article goes over both methods, showing you how to easily accomplish this goal.

1. Try Third-Party Launchers

Most third-party launchers will get the job done to change the icon size to your preferences. A few popular choices include the Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, Smart Launcher 5 and the newer Niagara Launcher.

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher is probably the most well-known Android launcher out there – and with good reason. The app brings a fast and customizable experience allowing users to give their phone a makeover to their preferences without slowing down the device’s overall performance.

1. Open the Nova Setting on your device.

2. Tap on “Home screen” at the top of the display.

How To Change App Icon Size Nova Home Screen Settings

3. Select the “Icon Layout” option.

How To Change App Icon Size Nova Home Screen Icon Layout

4. Move your finger on the “Icon size” slider in order to adjust the size of your app icons.

How To Change App Icon Size Nova Home Screen Change Icon Size

5. Tap back and check out the results. If you’re still not happy with how it all looks, go back and play with the setting again.

The icon size you choose here will be applied to the home screen as well as the app drawer. Moreover, you can customize how the apps are arranged for both by going to “Home Screen -> Desktop Grid” and “App Drawer -> Drawer App Grid” and selecting how many rows and columns of icons you want to see in each.

How To Change App Icon Size Nova Desktop Grid Configuration

Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher is another great alternative for those looking to customize their Android, as it offers a good balance of features, including changing app size and performance.

1. Open the Apex Menu on your device.

2. Select “Home Screen” from the list of options that appears.

How To Change App Icon Size Apex Settings Home Screen

3. Tap on “Layout & Style.”

How To Change App Icon Size Apex Settings Layout Style

4. Scroll down until you find the “Icon size” slider and use it to determine the size of your icons. You’ll see the results of your changes in real time above.

How To Change App Icon Size Apex Change Icon Size

5. Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement, tap back and check the results.

You can also fiddle with the app layout and select how many rows and columns of icons you want on your home screen. The more columns you add, the smaller the icons will get, so this is also a way to resize your app icons.

How To Change App Icon Size Apex Change Layout

In addition, if you wish to resize the app icons in your app drawer, go to “Settings -> App Drawer -> Drawer Layout & Icons.” Here you can resize the icons and adjust the layout as well.

How To Change App Icon Size Apex Drawer Layout Icons

Smart Launcher 5

Smart Launcher 5 is a launcher app that has been around for a while and is packed with great features – like automatically sorting your apps into several categories. Of course, the app also lets you change your app icon size.

1. On your device with Smart Launcher 5, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

2. You’ll see the different app categories which the launcher uses to group your apps.

How To Change App Icon Size Smart Menu

3. Tap on the three-dot menu in the top right of the display.

4. The “App page” window will appear on your screen.

How To Change App Icon Size Smart Swipe For Settings

5. Swipe up again to get to the Smart Launcher 5’s Settings.

6. Find and select “Global appearance.”

How To Change App Icon Size Smart Settings Global Appearance

7. Click on “Icon appearance.”

How To Change App Icon Size Smart Icon Appearance

8. Select the global icon size according to your preferences. What you choose will be applied to the app icons that are grouped in the different app folders – but not the ones on the home screen.

How To Change App Icon Size Smart Change Size App Icons

If you’re looking to change the size of the icons on your home screen, you’ll need to follow a slightly different route. Go to “Settings -> Home page -> Layout.”

How To Change App Icon Size Smart Layout

From here you can pick custom icon layouts or simply just get down to business by selecting Resize. This will allow you to increase or decrease the size of your home screen app icons.

Niagara Launcher

Niagara Launcher is part of the newer crop of launcher apps. It boasts a quick and minimalist interface that is great for low-end devices. The app lets users set up a fresh home screen layout that features up to eight of your most-frequently used apps. The rest of the apps are accessible from the A-Z alphabet in the right side of the display. Niagara’s Launcher feature pack includes the option to change the app icon size.

1. Long tap on one of your home screen icons.

2. Select “Niagara Settings.”

How To Change App Icon Size Niagara Settings

3. Tap on Look.

How To Change App Icon Size Niagara Settings Look

4. Slide your finger on the “App icon size” bar to select how you want them to look.

How To Change App Icon Size Niagara Change App Size

5. Go back and check the result.

How To Change App Icon Size Niagara Overview Small Icons

As you can see, launchers have your back when it comes to helping you customize the size of your app icons. But depending on which type of smartphone you have, you may not need to download a launcher app to get the job done.

2. Dig into Your Phone’s Settings

Some phones offer the option of changing your app icons’ size natively. For example, Pixel users can do this easily by following these steps.

1. Long press on an empty space on your Pixel’s home screen.

How To Change App Icon Size Pixel Style Wallpapers

2. Select “Styles & Wallpaper.”

3. Go to Grid.

How To Change App Icon Size Pixel Grid Option

4. Here you can select different grid sizes. The default is set to 5×5. But if you’re looking to increase the size of your icons, you can select the 3×3 option instead or 2×2. Unfortunately, at this point in time, Google offers only four choices. Perhaps in the future the company will add more.

How To Change App Icon Size Pixel Select Different Configuration

Note that this feature only affects how icons look on your home screen.

How To Change App Icon Size Pixel Large Icons

Alternatively, if you’re using a Samsung phone with One UI onboard, you can also change the size of your app icons.

1. Long press on an empty space on the home screen on your Samsung device.

2. Tap on the “Home Screen Settings” icon.

How To Change App Icon Size Samsung Home Screen Settings

3. You should be able to see “Home Screen Grid” and “Apps Screen Grid” options.

How To Change App Icon Size Samsung Home Apps Screen Grid

4. These give you the option to change the ratio of apps on your phone’s home and app screens, which will have the effect of changing their size.

How To Change App Icon Size Samsung Select New Grid

Now that you know how to change your apps’ icon size, maybe you’d be interested in taking things a bit further and learn how you can create custom app icons on your Android. And since we’re on the topic of launchers, you’re invited to discover 11 of the best home screen launchers for Android.

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Alexandra Arici Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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